CMU Daily - on the inside Monday 26th September

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In today's CMU Daily:
- Lil Kim hits out at authorities who jailed her
- eDonkey still trading despite RIAA letter
- Legit P2P update
- Old and nu school honour hip hop greats
- Fugees in the studio?
- Almond back on tour following crash
- BRMC's turner says 'we're brothers again'
- Radiohead back in the studio
- Madonna's album tracklist confirmed
- Coxon remixes Lowgold
- Brian Wilson phones his fans
- Chew The Fat goes on tour
- Low Life celebrate 40th release with retrospective
- UK MCs battle it out for place in Bahamas content
- Single review: New Order - Waiting For The Siren's Call
- Doctors criticise mags plastic sugery giveaways
- Motown songwriter & producer dies
- Cline's home listed as landmark
- Chart update
- Subshot playlist
- Lennon documentary release on DVD
- McCartney rediscovered passion after 9/11
- Paltrow takes it personally
- Robbie Williams shock revelation
- Church wedding possible, but no Hello!
- Doherty does dodgy stuff shocker

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LIL KIM HITS OUT AT AUTHORITIES WHO JAILED HER
According to the Associated Press, rapper Lil Kim has hit out at the authorities who jailed her for perjury. As you all surely know by now, Kim began a one year jail sentence last week after finally admitting she lied during a grand jury investigation into that shooting involving her entourage outside a New York radio station back in 2001. The rapper says that the fact she is serving jail time is simply an example of the authorities wanting to make an example of a high profile hip hop star, and nothing at all to do with the fact that if judges tolerated lying in court it might just make an mockery of the entire rule of law.

The rapper is quoted as saying: "There's no reason why I should be going to jail. There's no reason why. There's no reason. I didn't shoot anyone, I didn't do anything wrong the way they would say. It's not as bad as it could have been, but do I think it was fair? No. Unfortunately, me as a woman, I had to take one for the team, and when I say for the 'team' I say hip-hop, because I was the poster child for the federal government, for their investigations".

However Kim, who has a new album out this week, the sales of which are sure to be helped by the media coverage of her jail sentence, added that she thought the jail sentence would actually make her a stronger person. Kim: "It's going to make me even stronger. The bottom line is, whoever's tried to ruin me, my career and my life, they've done [messed] up now, because it's only going to make me stronger."

Perhaps she could channel all that positive energy into a new song for the kids - the 'why you shouldn't lie in court' rap - with a catchy sample from The Clash's 'I Fought The Law'?

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EDONKEY STILL TRADING DESPITE RIAA LETTER
Despite that Reuters report last week that implied P2P company eDonkey might be closing down, the software firm's website remains live and insiders say the company is operating as normal. The Reuters report followed the sending of 'cease and desist' letters to seven P2P companies by the Recording Industry Association Of America. As previously reported, those letters followed the landmark MGM v Grokster ruling in the US Supreme Court in which judges said software firms who make P2P systems could, in certain cases, be held liable for the copyright infringement their technology enables. The RIAA letters cited that ruling and threatened legal action against the seven P2P firms unless they stop distributing their software.

The website of one of the companies targeted, Frontcode Technologies' WinMX, has gone down since the letters were sent out and, while no official reason for the closing of the site has been given, it is assumed the closure was in response to the letter. Reports that eDonkey was making similar moves seem to have begun when reporters found the New York offices of the P2P's owner MetaMachine closed, with CEO Sam Yagan unreachable. However subsequent investigations suggest that MetaMachine haven't worked out of their New York office since last year, and that Yagan is still operating out of his new offices in New Jersey. Certainly the eDonkey website is still live.

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LEGIT P2P UPDATE
Now that you've brought up P2P, some news from the wonderful world of legit P2P music sharing. Legit P2P firm Mashboxx has appointed a new CEO - former Napster and Universal Music Group executive Mike Bebel. He will take over the role currently filled by former Grokster boss Wayne Ross, who will step up into a chairman's type role. As previously reported, Mashboxx hope to become pioneers in the legit P2P space, using song tracking software being developed by the original Napster founder Shawn Fanning, and, possibly, by acquiring the struggling Grokster to give them a launch customer base.

Talking of Fanning and his wonderful song tracking software, his company, Snocap, has finalised deals with independent labels V2, Beggars / XL and Matador, widening the size of the catalogue that the Snocap technology is able to track. The independents join most of the majors in backing Fanning's system, where by kids pay a subscription to file-share, a cut of which goes back to the labels based on how often each track is shared - Snocap's technology monitoring which songs are being swapped.

With most of the music industry now backing Snocap's system, the next challenge for Fanning is to persuade the P2P companies to adopt the subscription model. While newer names like Mashboxx have been set up to do just that, it is the big established P2Ps like Kazaa and eDonkey which control access to much of the market. Snocap are hoping that recent court decisions against the makers of P2P software will persuade them to go the Snocap-enabled subscription route. Or that recent legal decisions will make those companies' financial situation so unstable that the Snocap-friendly firms like Mashboxx will be able to take them over. Assuming the big P2Ps do adopt the subscription system, it then remains to be seen if consumers sign up to the new pay-to-share services, or whether new P2P networks will appear from the grass roots that continue to supply the facility to share music for free.

Elsewhere in legit P2P news, and back on home turf, Music Week report that London based Playlouder have postponed the launch of their label-approved P2P platform after ending its relationship with Bulldog Broadband. The Playlouder model would have bundled the P2P subscription fee into a broadband internet package to be run by Bulldog.

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OLD AND NU SCHOOL HONOUR HIP HOP GREATS
It was VH1's second Hip Hop Honors in New York on Thursday night and the great and good, young and old of the genre were on hand to pay tribute to the likes of Kane, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Salt 'N Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the late Notorious B.I.G. and the movie Boyz N the Hood. Among the newer hip hop stars on hand to do the paying tribute were Kanye West, Ciara, Nelly, Ludacris, Faith Evans, Diddy and Snoop Dogg. Commenting on the show, Big Daddy Kane told reporters: "It's something that documents hip-hop history, and I'm glad to be a part of it". His performance of classic hit 'Warm It Up' reportedly got the biggest ovation of the night, though Salt N Pepa's reunion performance cause considerable excitement among the hip hoppers present.

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FUGEES IN THE STUDIO?
Well, despite the fact that Lauryn Hill labelled The Fugees as "a conspiracy to control, to manipulate and to encourage dependence" in a magazine interview a couple of months back, reports suggest that she, alongside Wyclef Jean and Prakazrel Michel, have been at work in the studio for, er, a couple of months, and have just leaked a new song called 'Be Easy.' MTV report that a new as yet untitled album is to be released in Dec.

As previously reported, the The Fugees have reunited several times for live performances in the last year. Hill has also been working on a solo album, a long awaited follow up to 1998's 'The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill'.

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ALMOND BACK ON TOUR FOLLOWING CRASH
Marc Almond will go on tour later this year as a guest on Jools Holland's Autumn tour. It will be the first professional engagement for Almond since that previously reported motorbike crash that took place in London just under a year ago. The crash left Almond in intensive care for a time. Almond will perform at all but four dates on the thirty date tour, which begins in Norwich on 28 Oct.

Commenting on his involvement in the tour, Almond told reporters this weekend: "I'm really thrilled about joining Jools on tour. It's a chance to ease back into work after what happened. Jools is an extraordinary person and such a rare talent: I couldn't think of anyone better to go out on tour with."

The full list of dates for Jool's tour is as follows (* marks those where Almond won't perform).

28 Oct: Norwich UEA
29 Oct: Bradford St Georges
30 Oct: Harrogate International
2/3 Nov: Bristol Colston Hall
4 Nov: Brentwood Leisure Centre
5 Nov: Ipswich Regent
9/10 Nov: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
11 Nov: Cambridge Corn Exchange
16/17 Nov: Leicester de Montfort Hall
18 Nov: Cheltenham Centaur
19 Nov: Portsmouth Guildhall
24 Nov: Reading Hexagon
25/26 Nov: London Royal Albert Hall
30 Nov: Nottingham Royal Centre*
1 Dec: Sheffield City Hall*
2/3 Dec: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium*
9/10 Dec: Manchester Apollo
11 Dec: Birmingham NIA
16 Dec: Plymouth Pavilions
17 Dec: Bournemouth International Centre
18 Dec: Brighton Centre
20/21 Dec: Newcastle City Hall
22 Dec: Cardiff Arena

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BRMC'S TURNER SAYS 'WE'RE BROTHERS AGAIN'
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Turner has spoken to Xfm about the difficulties his band went through last year, but says that they're now as strong as ever. On the events that led to the departure of drummer Nick Jago last year, Turner said: "This time last year we were playing festivals and slowly going completely crazy. And one day we just imploded and couldn't take it. We needed space from each other and so in a really ugly way we made that possible. We had a fight in a very stereotypical band break-up, [and] me and Peter [Hayes] had to decide what we wanted to do, so we said 'OK we'll just make another record on our own' and we made 'Howl'."

On Jago's return to the group, he continued: "One day coincidentally Nick showed up out of the blue having been on some strange adventure in San Francisco, and said he wanted back in, so here we are. We're brothers again. Having nothing makes you fight for it. This isn't a sob story, but when you lose everything, everything gets simpler. When you have everything given to you for free, then you don't know what your purpose is."

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RADIOHEAD BACK IN THE STUDIO
Radiohead are in the studio working on their new album. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood posted a message on the band's official website on Friday saying that "all is fun and well".

He continued: "[Radiohead art-guy] Stanley [Donwood]'s here too, or at least in the shed out back, painting again. The rats have got in and eaten all his blue paint, and there's blue rat shit everywhere: but at least he's got a good dub cd to listen to while he's working."

"At least, I think it's good. Let me explain," he continues, detailing how he's spent the best part of the year listening to dub reggae: "because I know so many people who collect this kind of music and no other - which fascinates me - and because it's mostly unknown to me. Not any more... I've just done it. Six solid months of nothing but Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Ken Boothe, Junior Byles, Marcia Aitkin and hundreds of others. It's to make a compilation which may or may not ever be completed - I hope I'm not just proving a point to myself - but either way, there's been nothing else on my ipod since April."

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MADONNA'S ALBUM TRACKLIST CONFIRMED
The tracklisting for Madonna's new album 'Confessions On A Dancefloor' has been confirmed, with producer Stuart Price, aka Jaques Lu Cont, telling Billboard that the final track, 'Like It Or Not', was the perfect way to end the long player: "Basically, it's Madonna saying, 'This is who I am. This is what I do. Take it or leave it.'"

'Hung Up' is the first single to be taken from the album, and is currently featuring in ads for the new Motorola/iTunes phone. The promo for the track was originally to be directed by photographer David LaChapelle, but he and Madonna have since run into creative differences. Anyway, here's that tracklisting you're all holding your breath for:

Hung Up
Get Together
Sorry
Future Lovers
I Love New York
Let It Will Be
Forbidden Love
Jump
How High
Isaac
Push
Like It or Not

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COXON REMIXES LOWGOLD
Lowgold's Daniel Symons has been talking up Graham Coxon's remixing and drumming talents. Coxon has remixed the band's track 'Beauty Dies Young' and the remix will appear alongside some new songs, b-sides and rarities on Lowgold's new album 'Keep Music Miserable'.

Symons: "Graham has always been a guitar hero of mine and also the little known fact that he is a great drummer meant he was an obvious choice to add some spice to our tune. He stripped away the keyboards, fattened the drums and made my guitar solo louder. Fucking great result!"

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BRIAN WILSON PHONES HIS FANS
Brian Wilson has personally telephoned at least fifteen of his fans who have donated money to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts via his website. The calls began when a fan doubted the former Beach Boy's involvement in the fundraising and challenged him to call him up, which Wilson promptly did, and promised similar calls to anyone who pledges more than $100, as well as making a pledge to match donations over the one hundred dollar mark. "If we get $10,000, we'll match $10,000," he said.

Wilson said it was "heartbreaking" to see the devastation wrought on Louisiana and Mississippi, after having performed at the JazzFest in New Orleans earlier this year: "I have rarely felt so welcomed in such a wonderful community that has given so much music to so many of us".

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CHEW THE FAT GOES ON TOUR
London breaks night Chew The Fat! is claiming to be the world's longest running breakbeat night, and who are we to argue? Either way, eight years on from the club's launch, the Fat Records crew are taking the show on the road with dates all over Europe featuring Chew The Fat regulars like Paul Arnold, Friendly, Merka, Tigerlily, B-Phreak and MC Xander, plus special guests Stanton Warriors, Tayo and Soul of Man. Dates as follows:

6 Oct: Glasgow - Stanton Warriors, Paul Arnold & Bradley C
14 Oct: Edinburgh - Friendly
14 Oct: Berlin - Paul Arnold, MC Xander, B-Phreak, Dangerous Drums
19 Oct: Brighton - Friendly, Paul Arnold & Merka
21 Oct: Barcelona - Tayo, Friendly & Paul Arnold
25 Oct: Leeds - Paul Arnold & Friendly
27 Oct: Paris - Paul Arnold, Friendly & Paul Arnold
28 Oct: London - Soul of Man, Tayo, Friendly, Paul Arnold, Tigerlily, MC Xander & Merka
29 Oct: Oxford - Friendly
4 Nov: Bournemouth - Paul Arnold, Friendly & Tigerlily
8 Nov: Bristol - Friendly & Xander
5 Nov: Budapest - Paul Arnold & Tigerlily
18 Nov: Munich, Germany - artists TBC)

Full listings are at http://www.thefatclub.com - press info from emily@thefatclub.com

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LOW LIFE CELEBRATE 40TH RELEASE WITH RETROSPECTIVE
Lowlife Records are celebrating their fortieth release with a special compo - 'Lowlife Records Presents: Life Before 40' - with music from across the label's thirteen year history. Needless to say, this means a stack of legendary UK hip hop, with the likes of Jehst, Task Force, Mystro, SkinnyMan, Low Life founder and head-honcho Braintax and, of course, Mr Rodney P, all represented. The CD release also includes a second disc with eight videos and a dexterous DJ mix of all tracks by Low Life's very own Kam. And as if that wasn't enough, the label will be relaunching their website around the release of the album, adding a new download store providing digital access to some great hip hop talent. Sorted.

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UK MCS BATTLE IT OUT FOR PLACE IN BAHAMAS CONTENT
UK based MCs Professor Green (The Beats) and Life (Zebra Traffic) will tonight battle it out at The Jump Off at the Mean Fiddler for a place in the final of the big $50K MC Battle in the Bahamas, which takes place at next month's The Power Summit in the Bahamas. This competition follows a pretty similar form to the standard MC battles, except it involves much more established rappers than normal, and with that top prize of fifty grand there's quite a lot at stake. The inclusion of a UK MC in the final in the Bahamas is thanks to a partnership between The Jump Off and organisers of The Power Summit. Press info from harry@jumpoff.tv

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SINGLE REVIEW: New Order - Waiting For The Siren's Call (Warner/London)
There were only about four tracks on their album of the same name that could compare favourably with the group's best material, but this is one of them. A simple elegiac song with a requisite happy-sad chorus, it recalls the resigned moodiness of 'Special' with the spiralling beauty of 'Dream Attack', sounding both defiant and defeated in the process. The only quibbles are that the single version has been a bit too ruthlessly edited and as such feels about 90 seconds too short, whilst the keyboards were always too low in the mix and would have improved the song no end if they were more audible (Gillian's absence from the group remains conspicuous). That aside though, this fine single is an unexpectedly bright light from a group in the twilight of their career. MS
Release date: 26 Sep
Press contact: Warner IH [all]

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DOCTORS CRITICISE MAGS PLASTIC SUGERY GIVEAWAYS
Doctors at the British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have criticised magazines Top Sante and Zoo for offering plastic surgery as competition prizes. Top Sante recently ran a competition to win an "extreme makeover" - ie one so extreme it would involve going under the knife. Meanwhile the always tasteful lads mag Zoo encouraged readers to send in pictures of their partner's breasts and the name of the celebrity cleavage they would prefer. The winning reader's partner would get free plastic surgery to transform her breasts into something their boyfriends/husband's desired. Lovely.

Commenting on the promotions, Association president Adam Searle told reporters: "This trivialisation and commoditisation of medical procedures is appalling."

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MOTOWN SONGWRITER & PRODUCER DIES
Awarding winning Motown musician, songwriter and producer Willie Hutch has died, aged 60. Hutch worked with a number of US music stars, as both a songwriter and producer, including Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Jackson 5. With the latter who co-wrote their 1970 chart topper 'I'll Be There', as well as collaborating on 'Got to Be There' and 'Never Can Say Goodbye'. He also released his own music via the Motown label. Hutch's funeral was held last Friday, though there has been no statement on the cause of his death.

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CLINE'S HOME LISTED AS LANDMARK
The home of late country legend Patsy Cline has been listed as a 'landmark'. The house, in Winchester, Virginia, long an attraction for the singer's fans, may also now be included on the US's National Register of Historic Places. The Department of Historic Resources said the house, where Cline lived from the age of 16 until she was 21, was "a springboard for Patsy's ambitious dreams of becoming a country music star".

Fans have recently been trying to raise the money to buy the house in order to turn it into a museum - the dining room where the singer's mother made all her stage costumes has changed little since the fifties. A sign was recently placed outside the building by the Celebrating Patsy Cline fan group, marking the singer's career and connection to the city. The country star is buried at nearby Shenandoah Memorial Park.

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CHART UPDATE
Well, it seems there's no stopping those Pussycat Dolls at the top of the UK Singles chart, with 'Don't Cha' safely in the top spot for the third week running. They beat off both Kanye West and Franz Ferdinand who get the top two new entries, the former at 2 with 'Gold Digger', the latter at 4 with 'Do You Want To'. Other new entries singles chart wise this week come from Katie Melua with 'Nine Million Bicycles' at 5, Kelly Clarkson with 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' at 9, Stereophonics with 'Devil' at 11, Damian Jr Gong Marley with 'Welcome To Jamrock' at 13, the excellent Hard-Fi with 'Living For The Weekend' at 15, the truly storming Pendulum with 'Slam' at 34, and Bullet For My Valentine with 'Suffocating Under Words Of Sorrow at 37.

Albums wise, Bon Jovi did well to get the highest new entry at two with 'Have A Nice Day', but not well enough to push David Gray's 'Live In Slow Motion' off the top. Other new entries include Barbra Streisand's 'Guilty Too' at 3, Daniel O'Donnell's 'Teenage Dreams' at 10, Queen and Paul Rodgers' 'Return Of The Champions' at 12, GLC's 'Safe As Fuck' at 16, Status Quo's 'The Party Aint' Over Yet' at 18 and Tracy Chapman's eponymously titled new album at 21. Oh yes, and Ian Brown's greatest hits which goes straight in at 5 and which seem to have caused sufficient interest in Browns music to help the Stone Roses' eponymously titled debut album to re-enter the chart at 19 (I'm guessing some clever racking from the retailers probably helped).

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SUBSHOT PLAYLIST
So, here's the tracks that are getting video play on the Sub TV network in union bars around the country. New additions are marked with ** - artist of the week is Franz Ferdinand.

A LIST
Bloc Party - Two More Years (Wichita)
**Cardigans - I Need Some Fine Wine And You Need To Be Nicer (Polydor)
Charlotte Church - Call My Name (Sony BMG)
**Feeder - Shatter (Echo)
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To (Domino)
Goldie Lookin Chain - Your Missus Is A Nutter (Atlantic)
**Robbie Williams - Tripping (EMI)
**Starsailor - In The Crossfire (EMI)
Sugababes - Push The Button (Island)
X-Press 2 - Give It (Skint)

B LIST
Big Strides - I Do Not Fear Jazz (Tall Order)
Boy Kill Boy - Civil Sin (Island)
Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock (Island)
Editors - Bullets (Kitchenwear)
**El Presidente - Rocket (One Records)
Hard-Fi - Living For The Weekend (Necessary)
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch (Island)
LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (DFA)
Liberty X - Song 4 Lovers (Virgin)
**Louis XIV - Finding Out True Love Is Blind (Atlantic)
Pendulum - Slam (Breakbeat Kaos)
Red Organ Serpent Sound - In Search Of Orgasmuz (Vertigo)
Royksopp - 49 Percent (Wall Of Sound)
The Go! Team - Bottle Rocket (Memphis Industries)
**We Are Scientists - The Great Escape (Virgin)

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LENNON DOCUMENTARY RELEASE ON DVD
The John Lennon documentary 'Imagine' is to be released on DVD on 14 Nov, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the former Beatle's death in Dec 1980. The documentary, narrated by Lennon himself and backed by a 36 song sound track, draws on a vast archive of film, photographs and writings and includes several special features including interviews with the filmmakers and radio interviews with Lennon and wife Yoko.

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MCCARTNEY REDISCOVERED PASSION AFTER 9/11
Talking of former Beatles, Paul McCartney says he was on the verge of turning his back on his music career, but after performing in New York in aid of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the response of those affected by the events to his music gave him back his passion for song writing: "9/11 was really the beginning of it all. Before that I was wondering if I wanted to tour again, dabbling a bit, then 9/11 happened. It reawakened something in me. In one way it led to everything that has happened since, the tour of America, Live 8, all that."

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PALTROW TAKES IT PERSONALLY
Well, Chris Martin has denied he gets upset when critics criticise Coldplay's music, but it seems wife Gwyneth Paltrow isn't so immune. She is quoted by Breakingnews.ie as saying: "I thought: 'I wish this writer extreme misery and bodily harm.' If you're the partner of the person, it's a dagger to the heart." Which might explain why Paltrow hasn't renewed her CMU Daily subscription.

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ROBBIE WILLIAMS SHOCK REVELATION
Robbie Williams has told Hit40uk's Katy Hill that he has been seeing someone for months in California, and the British tabloids don't know about it. Of course, they will now, won't they?

Williams told the presenter: "I've had a relationship in LA for five months that nobody knows about," I've been on about 50-odd dates that nobody knows about because there isn't the network of grasses they have in the UK. They don't know who I am in LA. Or rather, they're not bothered!"

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CHURCH WEDDING POSSIBLE, BUT NO HELLO!
Charlotte Church says she wants to marry her boyfriend, rugby international Gavin 'Silverboots' Henson. She apparently told The Sun "I do want to marry Gavin because he's lovely to me and I really love him. I hope that we stay together and marriage happens for us." She doesn't want a magazine deal, when it happens, though. "I would not sell my wedding," she continued, "It's sacred and I wouldn't want to take money for it."

She also revealed that she won't go on holiday without Henson, which makes going away a bit hard to organise, given his busy schedule: "Gavin only gets four weeks off a year and has to be nearly dying to get a sick day, so it's hard to go away together. I can just phone up someone and tell them I'm sick and I normally get away with it. I could go on a girls' holiday but, although it sounds sad, I hate being away from Gavin."

And elsewhere in Church news, the singer's grandmother has apparently told her to stop dissing other celebrities, following those recent pops at such c'lebs as Louis Walsh, James Blunt, Pete Doherty, Britney Spears and Chris Martin. According to Femalefirst.co.uk, Church said: "My Nana told me, 'You've got no right to slag off other artists. Why can't you be nice? I'm probably just too honest. I probably shouldn't say so much."

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DOHERTY DOES DODGY STUFF SHOCKER
Well, it would appear, shockingly, that one Pete Doherty has been up to no good, on at least one count. Doherty has been stopped by police in Dundee city centre after he was found drinking in the street. A police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that three men were stopped by officers in the Nethergate area of Dundee city centre at around 8.45am. They had alcohol taken from them, which was disposed of. They were given a warning and were allowed on their way." A Babyshamble's spokesman did not deny the incident but added that Doherty was probably not aware of Dundee's ban on public drinking in the city centre.

Whilst in Dundee Doherty appeared on the city's Radio Tay and said: "It's just really exciting to be doing at last what we do best - the only thing we can do really - just play tunes." On the subject of Kate Moss he said: "A lot of people basically are obsessed with the missus and I don't know really ... she's just a bird from South London", thereby implying that he and Ms Moss are still together, for the time being at least.

That is something the tabloids would have disputed this weekend, as they exploded with the story of how Doherty had allegedly pulled a sixteen year old college student after the Babyshambles gig at The Brickyard in Carlisle. According to reports, he took the student, Natasha Ellis, off in the tour van and prompted a police hunt for the missing teenager. Friends of the sixteen year old told the Daily Star that she and Doherty had been all over each other, so all over each other, in fact, that the girls "didn't know where to look". They also alleged that Doherty had spent a great deal of time dissing Kate Moss, calling her a 'slut' and a 'dirty cokehead'. The girls said that their friend had then disappeared off in a Babyshambles van, and by the next day, her mother had called the police.

Of course, it may just be a story made up by those girls, who presumably could quite easily get away with making stuff up about someone whose unpredictable behaviour makes the news on a virtually daily basis. In any case, Natasha Ellis was home by the following evening, and Doherty's people have released a statement denying the story: "After the Babyshambles show in Carlisle on Tuesday night, a lot of fans tried getting on the bus, including the reported missing girl. The band, as they do every night, signed autographs and chatted with fans - this is the only connection Pete had with the girl. The bus was then cleared by the band's tour manager as it was time to leave. The girl tried staying on the bus, but was refused entry. She then hitched a lift with some other fans who were driving to the gig the following night in Greenock. The first the band heard that a girl was missing was when the police called the tour manager on Wednesday afternoon. The tour manager then approached a girl in the venue that fitted the police description and asked if she was the missing girl. She denied she was. After another call from the police the band and tour manger were sure she was the girl and took her to the security office at the venue where she was picked up by the police and her parents."

The bouncers also pitched in to deny the claims, saying "Pete didn't kiss anyone and no-one was invited backstage A couple of girls went on the coach, but Natasha Ellis was not one of them. The two girls on the coach were dropped off outside The Brickyard as the bus made its way back there from Devonshire Walk car park. When the bus was checked a dark-haired girl was found in the luggage hold under the bus and was kicked off."

And finally, in Doherty news, Kate Moss is rumoured to be planning an appearance on Parkinson shortly to talk about recent events. She was allegedly advised to do so by Naomi Campbell, who confessed to drug use on the chat show a few years back. A source told the Sunday Mirror at the weekend: "She's a very private person and is terrified about going on national television, but feels she doesn't have much choice. If she goes on and says 'I'm sorry, I'm hooked, I was wrong,' people will show her more respect."

Phew. I'm really tired now. Can I go back to bed?

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